Sridevi Kapoor, known as Sridevi (born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan on 13 August 1963), is an Indian film actress who has worked in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. The Bollywood Actress She is cited as the first female superstar of Hindi cinema.
She was also voted ‘India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years’ in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in 2013 on the occasion of the Centenary of Indian Cinema.Her performance in the 1992 Ram Gopal Varma directed Kshana Kshanam won her the Film fare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and Andhra’s Nandi Award for Best Actress.
Early Life and Upbringing
Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan on August 13, 1963, in Meenampatti, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India, Sridevi was introduced to the world of cinema at a tender age. Her father, Ayyapan, was a lawyer, and her mother, Rajeswari, hailed from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
She had a sister named Srilatha and two stepbrothers. Sridevi made her acting debut at the age of four in the Tamil film ‘Kandhan Karunai’ in 1967
Personal Life – Age, Zodiac Sign
|Full Name||Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan|
|Nickname||Sridevi, Hawa-Hawai, Chandni, Joker|
|Alternative Names(s) (also known as)||Sreedevi, Shree Devi, Sri Devi|
|Date of Birth||13 August 1963|
|Age (as of 2023)||59 Age|
|Birthplace||Meenampatti, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Hometown||Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Hobbies and Interests||Doing Yoga, Painting, Dancing|
|Languages Known||Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, English|
|Social Media Profiles link (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)||Facebook, Instagram, Twitter|
|Wikipedia Profile link||Sridevi|
|IMDb Profile link||Sridevi|
Physical Appearance – Height, Weight, Body Measurements
|Body Measurements (Chest – Waist – Hips)||34-28-34 inches|
|Height in feet, inches, cm||5’ 6″, 168 cm|
|Weight in kg, lbs||56 kg, 123 lbs|
|Eye Colour||Light Brown|
|Hairstyle||Long and wavy|
|Distinctive Features||Expressive eyes, high cheekbones, charming smile|
Family and Relationships – Boyfriend/Husband, Affairs
Sridevi was married to Boney Kapoor, a renowned film producer. The couple had two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi. Janhvi Kapoor has followed in her mother’s footsteps and is now an actress in Bollywood.
Sridevi was known for her discretion about her private life and rarely discussed it in public.
|Marital Status||Married (deceased)|
|Spouse – Husband||Mithun Chakraborty (1985–1988) Boney Kapoor (1996-2018)|
|Father||Late Ayyapan Yanger (Lawyer)|
|Mother||Late Rajeswari Yanger|
|Children||Arjun Kapoor (step-son) Anshula Kapoor (step-daughter) Janhvi Kapoor (daughter) Khushi Kapoor (daughter)|
|Siblings||Late Latha Yanger (sister) Anand Yanger (step-brother) Satish Yanger (step-brother)|
|Affairs – Boyfriend(s)||Boney Kapoor|
|Significant Relationships||Anil Kapoor (brother-in-law, co-star) Sanjay Kapoor (brother-in-law, co-star) Reema Kapoor (sister-in-law) Sunita Kapoor (sister-in-law) Sonam Kapoor (niece, co-star) Rhea Kapoor (niece, producer) Harshvardhan Kapoor (nephew, actor) Maheep Sandhu (sister-in-law, designer) Shanaya Kapoor (niece, actress) Jahaan Kapoor (nephew)|
Rise to Stardom
Sridevi’s journey to stardom began with her debut in Bollywood with the film Solva Sawan in 1979. However, it was the 1983 film Himmatwala that catapulted her to overnight stardom.
She went on to star in several successful films, including Mawaali (1983), Tohfa (1984), ‘Mr. India’ (1987), and’Chandni (1989).
Debut Film – Kandhan Karunai
Successful Film – Nagina
Career, Awards, and Achievements
Sridevi’s illustrious career was marked by numerous awards and recognitions. She was the recipient of a National Film Award, four Filmfare Awards, including a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, three Filmfare Awards South, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, one Kerala State Film Award, and a Nandi Award.
In 2013, she was honored with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award. Her final film role was in the thriller ‘Mom’ (2017), for which she posthumously received the National Film Award for Best Actress.
|Debut Film||Kandhan Karunai (1967) in Tamil, Rani Mera Naam (1972) in Hindi|
|Notable Roles||Devi in Moondram Pirai (1982), Seema in Mr. India (1987), Chandni in Chandni (1989), Anju and Manju in ChaalBaaz (1989), Pallavi and Pooja in Lamhe (1991), Shashi Godbole in English Vinglish (2012), Devki Sabarwal in Mom (2017)|
|Recent Films – New Movies||Mom (2017) in Hindi, Puli (2015) in Tamil|
|Upcoming Films||N/A (deceased)|
|Popular Television Series||Malini Iyer (2004-2005)|
|Awards and Achievements||Padma Shri Award (2013), National Film Award for Best Actress for Mom (2018), Filmfare Awards, Filmfare Awards South, Kerala State Film Award, Tamil Nadu State Film Award, Nandi Award, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, CNN-IBN India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years Poll|
|Endorsements/Brand Collaborations||Lux, Dabur Amla Hair Oil, Frooti, Tanishq, Vanish, Ching’s Secret|
|Philanthropy/Charity Work||Supported the cause of women empowerment and education, donated to various NGOs and trusts, participated in charity shows and events|
|Training and Education||Learned acting from her mother Rajeswari Yanger, who was also an actress|
|Production Company||Sridevi Productions|
|Box Office Success – Hit Movies||Himmatwala (1983), Tohfa (1984), Nagina (1986), Mr. India (1987), Chandni (1989), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Judaai (1997), English Vinglish (2012)|
|Critical Acclaim Movies||Sadma (1983), Moondram Pirai/Sadma Remake(1982/2018), Mr. India (1987), Lamhe (1991), Gumrah (1993), Laadla (1994), Mom (2017)|
Assets and Finances – Net Worth
|Net Worth in Rs. and Dollars||Rs. 250 crore, $35 million (combined with her husband’s net worth)|
|Per Movie Charges in Rs. and Dollars||Rs. 5 crore, $0.7 million (approx.)|
|Per Endorsement Charges in Rs. and Dollars||Rs. 1 crore, $0.14 million (approx.)|
|Sponsorship Deals||Lux, Dabur Amla Hair Oil, Frooti, Tanishq, Vanish, Ching’s Secret|
|Business Ventures||Sridevi Productions (film production company)|
|Real Estate Holdings||A bungalow in Andheri West, Mumbai A sea-facing apartment in Versova, Mumbai A farmhouse in Chennai|
|Luxury Items/Properties Owned||Diamond jewelry, designer clothes and accessories, paintings by M.F. Husain and S.H. Raza|
|Cars Collection||Mercedes-Benz S-Class Audi A8L BMW 7 Series|
Favourite Things, Likes and Dislikes
|Favorite Actor||Shah Rukh Khan, Sylvester Stallone|
|Favorite Actress||Meryl Streep|
|Favorite Music Bands||Aaj Radha Ko Shyam Yaad Aa Gaya,Tu Na Ja Mere Baadshah|
|Favorite Books||The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne|
|Favorite Food||Rice Rasam, Vanilla Ice cream|
|Things s/he like||Doing Yoga, Painting, Dancing|
|Things s/he dislike||N/A|
Top 5 Best Films – Sridevi Kapoor
|Film Name||Year of Release||Character Played|
|Mr. India||1987||Seema Sohni|
|English Vinglish||2012||Shashi Godbole|
Controversies – Sridevi Kapoor
- Sridevi’s marriage to Boney Kapoor stirred controversy as he was already married to Mona Shourie Kapoor.
- There were rumors about a secret marriage between Sridevi and Mithun Chakraborty, which they both denied.
- Her sudden demise in 2018 led to various conspiracy theories.
- A legal battle ensued between Boney Kapoor and Ram Gopal Verma over the use of ‘Sridevi’ as a film title.
- The post-mortem report of her death was hotly debated, leading to questions about its accuracy.
Interesting Facts – Sridevi Kapoor
- Sridevi’s real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan.
- She started acting at the age of four.
- At the age of 13, she played a 25-year-old Rajinikanth’s stepmother in ‘Moondru Mudichu.
- She named her daughters Janhvi and Khushi after the names of the heroines in her husband Boney Kapoor’s films, ‘Judaai’ and ‘Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai.
- Sridevi was the playback singer in ‘Sadma’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Garajna’ and ‘Kshana Kshanam.
- She was offered a role in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, which she declined.
Sridevi Kapoor’s life and career were marked by stellar performances, groundbreaking roles, and a dedication to her craft that set her apart. Her legacy continues to inspire and influence generations of actors and filmmakers.
She remains, in the hearts of her fans, Bollywood’s eternal superstar